I enjoy working on my home business, blog, website, and groups. But as I’m working on things, my fatigue meter moves closer to the sign that says, “you are done, stop what you’re doing and turn on Netflix.” There are so many things I want to accomplish but I really need to listen to what my body is telling me. If I don’t, well, you know — I’ll pay the price.
I try to go grocery shopping with my husband even if I’m exhausted. He enjoys my company and it’s more enjoyable for both of us. It’s my job to push the cart, because I need it to help me get through the store. Maybe you’re like me and once you’re on your feet, you need to just keep moving. So, if hubby stops to look at something or talk to someone, I just keep slowly moving. Standing in place is just exhausting; is it the same for you? I know some of my friends use a stool in the kitchen to sit on while they cook. What shortcuts do you use to enable you to do the things you need to do?
I’m learning the art of just being still and quiet. I tend to fill up my moments with various things to keep me distracted. But I do my best thinking when I close my eyes and just be still. I keep a notepad nearby to write down things that come to my mind that I want to remember.
I’d love to crochet, knit, or do cross stitch, but my arms are in too much pain to allow for that. If you can do those, I encourage you to. There’s a sense of accomplishment in creating something beautiful. Perhaps you enjoy painting, writing, drawing, or some other art form. Do what you enjoy and bless others with the fruit of your labor.
It’s completely exhausting to go for a five-minute walk, take a quick shower, sit in a comfy chair for an hour or two, or carry on a long conversation.
What people don’t understand is that fatigue and being tired are two different animals. Tired is a result of working hard or coming to the end of your day. Getting a good nights sleep or taking a nap will make you feel refreshed and energized. With fatigue, you are running on empty all the time, like your gas tank is constantly leaking. Sleep is not refreshing and, for me anyway, I feel as tired when I awake as I was when I went to sleep.
What’s your tired meter reading?
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